Studio FYC sites on the march

Posted by · 9:32 am · November 11th, 2009

A Serious ManIt’s that time of year, when studios roll out their awards-centric websites for films in play.  You get screening info, news and notes, reminders of how AMAZING their films are (with critical quotes to back it up), goodies like screenplays and such, etc.  It’s a good way to see how wide the net is cast during the season (since any and everything gets a “For Your Consideration” blurb), but I’ve always found it’s a good way to revisit the year’s films.

First up, Universal Pictures has put together its standard assemblage hawking “Public Enemies,” “Bruno,” “Funny People” and “It’s Complicated.” Skimming through the “Public Enemies” section I was instantly reminded that Elliot Goldenthal’s score was actually quite wonderful and could be a sleeper to watch in a field that is notorious for its insularity.  You can even skim through tracks in a dedicated section and download the screenplay.

“Funny People” has a similar set-up, with score toggling, the script, etc., while “Bruno” has no script to offer.  But you can listen to the raved out score again if you wish.  The “It’s Complicated” section has material to come and only mentions “in all categories” as it pertains to FYC business.

Over at the Warner Bros. site you get three movies: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “The Informant!” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Nothing for “Invictus” yet, but it’ll come.

The WB layout is similar to Universal’s, with things like the critics’ quotes, scores and screenplays available to you.  It’s a great way to revisit Marvin Hamlisch’s delicious work on “The Informant!,” for instance.  The original song “Trust Me” is spotlighted in the FYC section as well.

Speaking of songs, it’s not just “All is Love” from Karen O and the Kids that’s getting a push for “Where the Wild Things Are.” There’s a whole soundtrack of material to work with, but one other song gets a shout out: “Hideaway.”

Lionsgate is pitching four films, two of which — the doc features “More Than a Game” and “Facing Ali” — have nothing to speak of here.  But “Brothers” and of course “Precious” are getting full attention, with the latter offering up the screenplay and the opportunity to listen to Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See in Color” and the former getting a standard FYC roll call.

“Brothers” has U2’s “Winter” listed under the Best Original Song section, but I don’t think that will fly.  The song was an unused track from the band’s “No Line on the Horizon” sessions and it appeared in the Anton Corbijn short film “Linear,” which accompanied the album.  You’re probably looking at too much preexistence convolution to qualify there.

Finally, Focus Features has a Flash-heavy site that is nevertheless quite attractive.  You can download the scripts for all of the studio’s films — “A Serious Man,” “Coraline,” “9” and “Sin Nombre” — as well as read through the lists of considerations.  Browsing through the section for “A Serious Man,” I was, much like with Goldenthal, reminded of how powerful the score is (from Carter Burwell).  One can only hope something as stark yet skillfully honed as that would be remembered by the Academy.

Ditto Bruno Coulais’s work in “Coraline,” for that matter.  There is also the original track “Other Father Song” listed for Henry Selick’s film, from the band They Might Be Giants.  But you’re talking about a 30 second track that is as arbitrary as the Jarvis Cocker ditty from “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” so…probably not.  The “9” section, meanwhile, features Deborah Lurie’s awesome work as a composer, but the poor girl doesn’t have an FYC designation to show for herself.

Paramount Vantage, in years past, launched the without-peer VantageGuilds.com around this time.  With the company folding into parent Paramount, we’re looking at ParamountGuilds.com, which should launch some time this month.

Similarly, The Weinstein Company’s WeinsteinCoHighlights.com hasn’t been unleashed yet, while Sony Pictures Classics doesn’t have a proper awards site up and running, but does have a vast network of official sites for its countless contenders available at SonyClassics.com.  (UPDATE: Readers Jamieson and BPH point us to the Weinsteins’ TWCAwards.com, a new URL, which is pretty bare-bones for the studio’s four contenders at the moment.)

Disney has a page up, but it’s pretty bare-bones (with only the only FYC list at the moment going to “Up”).  Fox Searchlight has a similarly barren site at the moment, pitching “(500) Days of Summer,” “Adam,” “Amelia” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” I imagine “Crazy Heart” will be in there soon enough.

We’ll keep an eye on all these FYC shenanigans throughout the first part of the season.  If something juicy shows up, we’ll let you know.




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  • 1 11-11-2009 at 9:48 am

    Mr. F said...

    It’s nice to see Focus campaigning for Sin Nombre. I hope it get a cinematography nom, but I doubt it since it is not flashy enough to please academy members

  • 2 11-11-2009 at 9:54 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Betty White has a Supporting Actress campaign underway for The Proposal (no joke).

  • 3 11-11-2009 at 10:09 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Justice will not have been served if Nathan Crowley and Coleen Atwood don’t get nods for “Public Enemies.” That is all.

  • 4 11-11-2009 at 10:18 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    am I the only one who noticed that Bothers is campaigning for just ONE lead: Tobey Maguire!!!

    Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal are in the supporting categories!

    [not that this film would get any noms]

  • 5 11-11-2009 at 10:19 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Stark: I know, right!

  • 6 11-11-2009 at 11:02 am

    red_wine said...

    Nobody’s pitching The Hangover yet? I think its worth the attempt to aim it at the WGA atleast(since Up and The White Ribbon won’t be nominated there). They do nominate such things. And a Golden Globe nomination for comedy is possible and deserved. I rather liked that movie.

  • 7 11-11-2009 at 12:25 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Awesome that Focus is really behind Sin Nombre. Just watched it last night, and LOVED IT. The cinematography was especially notable (and it did win a Sundance Cinematography Award!).

  • 8 11-11-2009 at 12:25 pm

    Jamieson said...

    Weinsteins’ site is up at http://www.twcawards.com

  • 9 11-11-2009 at 12:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Aha, thanks Jamieson.

  • 10 11-11-2009 at 12:38 pm

    BPH said...

    Here are a few more. Looks like Paramount and Weinstein changed up domain names a bit from last year:

    http://www.paramountscreenings.com
    http://www.twcawards.com

    Both pretty sparse at the moment except for screening info. Definitely makes me miss the Vantage site from last year. Also mostly barren save screening times:

    http://www.miramaxawards.com
    http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/academy

  • 11 11-11-2009 at 12:40 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m not counting simple screening sites really. But thanks, BPH. The ParamountGuilds site will be up soon, trust me. They’re working on it. Should be awesome, as usual.

  • 12 11-11-2009 at 12:45 pm

    Jamieson said...

    Kris, do you know if they’re expanding the screenings beyond just AMPAS and DGA? (those are the only options on Paramount’s site) All us other guilds are shut out it seems :(

  • 13 11-11-2009 at 12:48 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m not sure. I can’t imagine they’d shut you out. Maybe there are separate things planned?

  • 14 11-11-2009 at 12:55 pm

    BPH said...

    I, too, am hoping that the fun will spread to more guilds when ParamountGuilds.com goes live. And Kris’s hints give me some hope that perhaps it may even live up to the dearly departed Vantage site.

  • 15 11-11-2009 at 1:02 pm

    Jamieson said...

    Maybe paramountscreenings.com is solely aimed at AMPAS and then paramountguilds.com will be aimed at all of the industry guilds. Who knows. I can’t imagine why they’d willfully snub the rest of us. They haven’t in the past.

  • 16 11-11-2009 at 1:05 pm

    Chase K. said...

    Goldenthal’s score for “Public Enemies” is easily the best of the year so far for me.

    I still hate Focus for not releasing “Sin Nombre” on Blu-ray — what’s the deal?

  • 17 11-11-2009 at 1:07 pm

    red_wine said...

    Jamieson, you should pay them back in kind if they do! Go ahead and nominate some foreign language gems this year to show em.

  • 18 11-11-2009 at 1:31 pm

    Jamieson said...

    :) well with just a handful left to see, my pick for best picture is still The Hurt Locker.

    Funny enough, at a recent Up in the Air screening at the DGA I had a conversation with about 4-5 SAG nominating committee members who all said the same thing. Hurt Locker was their #1 choice at that point (last Thursday) as well. I didn’t expect to find so many like minds on it, but take it for what it’s worth.

    That said, I LOVE Sin Nombre, don’t get me wrong. I’m also really looking forward to finally seeing The White Ribbon in the next few days. But I’m still firmly in Hurt Locker’s camp at the moment.

  • 19 11-11-2009 at 1:34 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    BPH: It’s the same awards consultants working on the Paramount site that worked on the Vantage site, so the same philosophy is in place.

  • 20 11-11-2009 at 1:38 pm

    Jamieson said...

    That’s good to hear, Kris. The Vantage site was all kinds of fantastic.

  • 21 11-11-2009 at 1:58 pm

    BPH said...

    Thanks for the tidbits, Kris. Agree with both of you (Kris and Jamieson) that the Vantage site used to set the bar for all the others. Almost like having all sorts of great DVD extras.

  • 22 11-11-2009 at 10:20 pm

    Maxim said...

    “reminded of how powerful the score is (from Carter Burwell”

    No other composer currently working could be more overdue for a nomination than Burwell. I really hope he’ll get his turn in the spotlight soon.

  • 23 11-11-2009 at 11:23 pm

    Glenn said...

    I really hope Universal mount a – completely serious and actually deserved – campaign for Bruno in Best Costume Design. I’d give anything to see Bruno nominated over The Young Victoria FFS.

  • 24 11-12-2009 at 3:08 am

    Alex said...

    is there an official word yet on Marion being FYC’d as Leading for NINE?

  • 25 11-12-2009 at 10:24 am

    Jamieson said...

    Paramount emailed me and told me that paramountguilds.com will be live next week.

  • 26 11-19-2009 at 3:36 pm

    Charlie said...

    Actually, Kris, there is a place for “Invictus”- It’s just not on the Academy’s page.

    It’s on the page designated for the HFPA (the Golden Globes people) though it’s pretty barebones at the moment. Nevertheless: Here’s the link.

    http://warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/hfpa/#/movies/invictus/

  • 27 11-19-2009 at 4:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That and The Hangover have clearly been added since I posted this.

    I love the inclusion of “Stu’s Song” for “The Hangover.”

  • 28 11-27-2009 at 8:52 am

    Charlie said...

    The Blind Side has just been added to the Golden Globes page.

    Like Invictus and The Hangover, it’s pretty barebones at the moment.
    http://warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/hfpa/#/movies/theblindside/

  • 29 11-27-2009 at 8:56 am

    Charlie said...

    One more thing:

    Invictus seems to be pushing “Invictus 9,000 days” for Best Original Song for the Globes.